In the Philippines, where your electrical company works to keep you safe from any electrical safety hazards. But as summer arrives, it is important to do your part in taking precautionary measures to keep you and your family safe from electrical hazards. Here are some tips for you to have a great time this summer without the risk of getting electrocuted.
Never touch electrical equipment with wet hands
It is commonly known that one should never touch anything electrical with wet hands because doing so would result in instant electrocution. During the summer, we often do wet activities like swimming to escape the heat. Thus, it is important to be reminded of this and to keep children away from any electrical appliances when they’re swimming.
Keep your pools safe
One way to keep you and your family safe from electrical hazards while swimming is to keep any electrical appliances as far away from the pool as possible. Additionally, place outlet covers on electrical sockets near swimming pools to keep them dry.
Another tip is to have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets or circuits, which are essential when it comes to pool equipment. This will protect you from electric shock since it automatically cuts off the power from devices that come into contact with water.
Stay away from powerlines and outdoor wires
Another safety tip is to stay away from any powerlines, electrical wires, and equipment while outdoors. Make sure your kids are not playing nearby or touching any of these because of the risk of electrocution.
If your kids love to climb trees, make sure they don’t climb up trees near powerlines because there’s a chance that their weight causes a branch to touch the nearby powerline. Additionally, avoid flying kites or releasing balloons in areas with powerlines around to avoid these getting stuck. If they do get stuck in electrical lines, however, don’t attempt to retrieve them without any professional assistance.
Watch out for signs of overworked appliances
During the summer, it is common to use appliances like fans and air conditioning for several hours of the day in order to battle the heat. However, keeping any appliance on for too long too often can break your appliance.
Some signs that your electrical fan is overworked include unusual noises and burning smells. These same signs also apply to air conditioning in addition to leaks, odd odors, and insufficient cool air.
One tip to prevent this is to avoid using your electrical fan overnight too often. Even though this can be difficult because of the extreme heat, it will help greatly in maintaining your appliances.
Never have too many things plugged into one socket
While this is an electrical safety tip that should be followed all throughout the year, it is especially important to practice this during the summer to lessen the risk of fires. You may find having multiple extensions cords necessary for the various gadgets, computers, and appliances in your home.
However, having all of these plugged in at the same time will overload your outlet and make your house prone to electrical problems and fires. This is because extension cords only add outlets, but do not change or add to the amount of power received by the outlet.
Therefore, do your best to avoid having full extensions cords and having multiple appliances plugged in at the same time. One rule to keep in mind is to have only one heat-producing appliance plugged in at a time.
Travel with an adapter and voltage converter
If you’re planning to travel to another country this summer, make sure you know what type of electrical socket and voltage is used there so that you can buy a proper adapter and voltage converter. This is important so that you will be able to properly charge or plug in your appliances and gadgets without breaking them.
Also, keep in mind that trying to force a plug into a noncompatible outlet will not only break your appliance but may also result in electrocution.
Ask an expert
When in doubt, it never hurts to call your electrical company in the Philippines for assistance. Whether its to ask for help retrieving objects stuck in power lines or to inspect the safety of your electrical equipment, it is always better to have professional assistance to ensure that you and your home are clear of any electrical hazards.
In addition, it would be helpful to ask a qualified electrician to teach you what to do in case of emergencies such as how to turn off all power.
In all of our efforts to cool down this summer, keep in mind the importance of taking precautions against electrical hazards. The risk of electrocution or electrical shock should not be taken lightly, and you should take preventative measures to keep you and your family safe from these.